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Environmental Public Interest Litigation and the Vitality of Environmental Courts: The development and future of environmental courts in China

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The past two years have seen an important development in environmental public interest litigation (“EPIL”) in China: the establishment of environmental courts. Since the establishment of Guiyang and Qingzhen Environmental Court and the first environmental public interest lawsuit in the Qingzhen Environmental Court in late 2007, nine other specialized courts have been set up in Yunnan and Jiangsu provinces, and three other environmental public interest cases have been handled. However, the fate of environmental courts remains to be seen, as hesitations regarding the practicality, Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(2)

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Examining the Judicial Guide” to Yunnan’s Breakthrough Regulations for Environmental Protection Cases

In a previous blog entry, we introduced the Yunnan Environmental Court Forum, held by the Yunnan High Court on May 13. In addition to a affirming a commitment to promoting environmental courts across Yunnan Province, Continue reading 阅读全文 » Add comment 发表评论(0)

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Environmental Public Interest Litigation – Maritime Courts "Changing the Game"

As the Chinese public and the media focus their attention towards environmental public interest litigation on a few court systems around the country, the role of maritime courts has emerged as a surprising alternative. Originally, the Guangzhou maritime court accepted a environmental public interest litigation case from the local procuratorate with a civil plaintiff in 2008, finally issuing its judgment on December 9, 2008. The polluters were found responsible for environmental damages, with the civil liability totalling 110,000 RMB. This case marked the first Guangdong environmental public interest litigation case satisfactorily resolved in favor of the prosecution.

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